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Comment: Sue-Happy (Score 0, Troll) 230

by writerjosh (#27270953) Attached to: Apple and AT&T Sued, Again, Over 3G

These guys are just sue-happy. They see a profitable buisiness (Apple) and want a piece of their pie. Every company that ever existed on the face of the earth has said theirs is the "best". Maybe 3G isn't that fast. Maybe they did hype it a bit, but sue them over it? Jeeze, if every consumer that was dissatisfied with their purchase were to sue, we'd all be in court for a lifetime. Get over it.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 111

by writerjosh (#26891107) Attached to: Robotic Prostheses For Human Faces

Stop going waaaah, already... all it does is demonstrate that you're being a poor sport about somebody having a different opinion than you. Ones who tag your post as a troll are just as entitled to their opinion as the ones that tagged your post as interesting.

Thanks for the reply, but "Troll" has nothing to do with difference of opinion: it's a designation that the person posting (me) is doing so for spam or to cause trouble. I welcome difference of opinion, but people who mark "Troll" are just lazy because they didn't even read the original story this post was referring to. If so, they would have seen my post as a simple nerd joke. Jeeze. So again, I say "Troll markers, get a life."

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 1

by writerjosh (#26878279) Attached to: Kansas Secession from the Union?

I don't see anything in this document to indicate Kansas wants to Secede over this. Not exactly a correct title.

Sure, they're pissed, and as a state, they have a right to be. But they should check their own backyard before they go blaming the current admin. After all, Kansas overwhelmingly voted the yahoos into office that got us into this mess in the first place.

See: "What's the Matter with Kansas" http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives-America/dp/080507774X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234822651&sr=1-1

Comment: Nerdy Animals (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by writerjosh (#26389501) Attached to: Rare Venomous Mammal Filmed

"Solenodon paradoxus collects food by digging extensive tunnel systems under the ground, then foraging for insects and other invertebrates from the surrounding soil.

Foods eaten include: millipedes (Iulides), ground beetles (Carabidae), various orthopteran insects (Gryllidae, Tettigoniidae, Blattidae), earthworms (Lumbricidae) and various types of snails."

Strange that an animal loaded with venom doesn't go after small mammals or something.

"Solenodon paradoxus is described as a 'slow mover' and a 'clumsy runner with no agility in avoiding enemies and a poor means of defense'"

So what you're saying is, Solenodon paradoxus is the nerd of the jungle.

more interesting facts: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Solenodon_paradoxus.html

Comment: Flash Won't Survive History (Score 2, Insightful) 33

by writerjosh (#26204203) Attached to: Are Browser Games Filling the Same Role As Political Cartoons?

I think Flash political games will unfortunately fall to the dustbin of history. Just the mere fact that technology changes and Flash (.swf, etc) will almost certainly become obsolete in favor of the latest and greatest file format of the future. Flash will become the .mov or .avi of the internet world. Will Flash games be preserved? Who will take the time and effort to convert them to the new file format? How many times have you encountered a Flash error even today?...Much less the future.

As for static cartoons in .jpg or .gif format, at the very least, these tend to survive because of their stability and wide-spread acceptance that doesn't seem to be waning.

Besides, those Flash games can be a little...childish(?). Whereas a cartoon has a long history of being "acceptable" to adults. Ironic, but true.

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